I’ve got to be honest, I’ve always considered Savasana (Corpse pose) less of a yoga pose and definitely more a way of life, one which I have dedicated a significant portion of my life to, so don’t ruin it for me.
The wonderful Felicity Wood approached my running club about her yoga for runners 4 week course she was putting on & would club members be interested in coming along. It has probably been a year since I’ve run with run club & probably two years since I’ve been to yoga, so hey…why on earth not? I’ve got a sense of humour.
It was wonderful. Felicity guided us through flows visually & audibly focused on core areas that affect runners but also the bits we can all work on to improve our running. What I really liked about this being a specific course was Felicitys ability to bring it back to the granular, you should be feeling it in this muscle.
(Not that I am particularly connected with all the parts of my body, but slowly & surely, I think I’m establishing some neural path ways back to open up a conversation with my glutes. Maybe one day we might even be friends, currently its long distance thing & I just have to be okay with that.)
This added extra information allowed everything to have its moment, the hold to carry a purpose & structure which previously in my practise I’ve definitely not given enough time to. Nothing was rushed, if it felt good hold it, if it doesn’t take it back, get back to the place you felt grounded & strong in the pose.
I was coming to Felicity off the back of a 5am brick session & day two gym DOMS, so by 8pm in the evening after a day’s work, it definitely felt positive to let me body stretch to whatever it was capable of doing. Felicity gave variations, & individualised advice so it could work for me, however my body found itself that day (hint: In bits).
I really loved being back on the mat, it is something I would like to do more of & I hope to get to another class of Felicitys class soon.
On a more serious note, when I was running a lot of miles & I want to quantify that as a lot of miles for me, having yoga in my weekly routine made a massive difference not only to my head space but also to my flexibility & in turn just made me a little more resistant to injury. There were none in that time. Since I stopped yoga which was exactly at the point I got glandular fever I should have had my salary paid to my Chiropractic & Sports Injuries Clinic & picked up what was left at the end of the month.
And yes, this could have all been a wonderful coincidence but I wouldn’t actually ever be that lucky, so it definitely wasn’t that.